Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Irwin Betzel Collection, 1909-1920

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbooks include photographs, primarily of students and student activities, and memorabilia, such as programs, clippings, certificates and grade reports, dance cards, invitations, and OAC Pharmacy labels. The photograph album includes predominately portraits of students, in addition to images of student groups and the Oxford Club. The scrapbooks and album include numerous images of Betzel, Florence Knight, Oxford Club members, activities, and house (exterior and interior), and pharmacy groups and trips. Many of the images are identified.

An addition to the Irwin Betzel Collection (Accession 2013:089) is made up of three notebooks containing Betzel's handwritten notes on formulations for exilirs and treatments for ailments such as warts, ear aches, and gonorrhea. Primarily documenting treatments for physical conditions, these notebooks also describe other types of chemical concoctions such as steps in beer brewing, mixtures for tree sprays, and formulas for hair tonics. Paper ephemera found inside one of these notebooks consist of flyers, brochures, and bottle labels from pharmaceutical companies with product information on various compounds, tablets, and tinctures. Among these ephemera include Betzel's membership card in the C.C. Company Spatula Club of Good Mixers.


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